Former Jefferson Co. Schools HR Director pleads guilty to federal sex crimes


The former human resources director for Jefferson County Schools entered a plea deal for two federal internet sex crimes Monday.

Brett Kirkham pleaded guilty to utilizing a cell phone or computer to persuade a minor to engage in sex, which carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years.

Kirkham also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, which carries a sentence of no more than 20 years.

Brett Kirkham still faces two state charges of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19.

Kirkham's attorney, Joel Sogol, told ABC 33/40 News the two state charges may be dropped.

"We would hope that given the sentencing ranges in the different types of cases, that the state will choose to not prosecute those cases," Sogol said.

The federal government still is working to gain access to data on Kirkham's computers. In court, the federal prosecutor told U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler that Kirkham provided his passwords. However, the passwords are not working. The federal government will bring the devices to Kirkham and have him login in person.

Judge Coogler expects to sentence Kirkham on the federal charges within 120 days.

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